instrumentally in the same sense as a debt is paid by a good note or a check on a substantial account in a distant bank. It is only the intelligent and honest acceptance ofjustification already provided.? <450803>Romans 8:3 ? ?God, sending his own Son condemned sin in the flesh? = the believer?s sins were judged and condemned on Calvary. The way of pardon through Christ honors God?s justice as well as God?s mercy; cf.
<450326> Romans 3:26 ? ?that he might himself be just, and the justifier of him that hath faith in Jesus.?
(b) The sinner is so united to Christ, that Christ?s life already constitutes the dominating principle within him.
<480220> Galatians 2:20 ? ?I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me:? God does not justify any man whom he does not foresee that he can and will sanctify. Some prophecies produce their own fulfillment. Tell a man he is brave and you help him to become so. So declaratory justification, when published in the heart by the Holy Spirit, helps to make men just. Harris, God the Creator, 2:332 ? ?The objection to the doctrine ofjustification by faith insists that justification must be conditioned, not on faith, but on right character. But justification by faith is itself the doctrine of a justification conditioned on right character because faith in God is the only possible beginning of right character, either in men or angels.? Gould, Bib. Theol. N. T., 67-79, in a similar manner argues that Paul?s emphasis is on the spiritual effect of the death of our Lord, rather than on its expiatory effect. The course of thought in the Epistle to the Romans seems to us to contradict this view. Sin and the objective atonement for sin are first treated; only after justification comes the sanctification of the believer. Still it is true that justification is never the sole work of God in the soul. The same Christ in union with whom we are justified does at that same moment a work of regeneration, which is followed by sanctification.
(c) This life of Christ is a power in the soul, which will gradually but infallibly, extirpate all remaining depravity until the whole physical and moral nature is perfectly conformed to the divine holiness.
<500321> Philippians 3:21 ? ?who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself?;
<510301> Colossians 3:1-4 ? ?If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When
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